The Last of Us HBO Series Could Face Off Against The Walking Dead’s Final Season
The Walking Dead's Scott Gimple expressed how HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us will be "very, very different" from the AMC zombie series.
While 2020 gave us the long-awaited The Last of Us Part II and the next chapter of Ellie’s story, Sony has more in store with the franchise with their upcoming TV adaptation that is in the works at HBO. Headed by Chernobyl‘s Craig Mazin, the series is still in the very early stages of development, but it could likely wind up airing against that other popular zombie TV series, The Walking Dead, within the next few years.
In a report from Insider, The Walking Dead chief content officer Scott Gimple shared a few thoughts on the potential that HBO’s The Last of Us series could air during the run of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which is set to conclude in 2022. On that thought, Gimple stated that he thinks The Last of Us is “an amazing game” with impressive creators behind it, but added that “it’s incredibly different than The Walking Dead,” appearing not too concerned about the similarly-themed shows and if they might air in the same timeframe.
Of course, zombies are no stranger to TV and film, with The Walking Dead especially being one of the most prominent examples of the genre over the last ten years. There also hasn’t been any official confirmation just yet of the official air date for HBO’s series, but with the show to start production sometime in the near future, there’s a fairly decent chance that the post-apocalyptic zombie shows could air head-to-head.
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At the moment, details on HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us are scarce, but so far it seems likely to adapt the storyline and events of the first game and (potentially) some of Part II. The series was officially greenlit for a full season order by HBO earlier this month, and Mazin (the writer/producer of the series) has expressed that the series will take the opportunity to explore the franchise from different angles.
As revealed earlier this year, AMC announced that The Walking Dead will end its run in 2022 with a two-part extended final season, the first of which will air in 2021. While the flagship series will come to end, AMC is currently producing the spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and plans to air an additional spin-off series focused on TWD mainstays Daryl and Carol in 2023. Additionally, a series of TWD films is also in the works with Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, who left the series in its ninth season in 2018.